In July 2012 I was artist in residence at Leamington Spa Oxfam bookshop for one week. For every day that I was there I attempted to learn a new skill based on the books available in the shop.
Day one: ‘How to do Calligraphy’
Day two: ‘How to Make and Fly Paper Aircraft’
Day three: ‘How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords’
Day four: ‘How to make a Matchstick Model’
Day five: ‘How to Deal with Difficult People’
Defying Entropy Attempt #3 is a video piece I made on day four:
Productivity Sticks, detail
Productivity Sticks, installation view, Neo Artists
Productivity Sticks, installation view, Octagon Gallery, Dresden
Productivity Sticks are a 3D representation of data I collected for 22 days. I used a combination of software and detailed notes to draw graphs which documented my productivity. I then began to convert these 2D graphs into 3D graphs. For this task I learnt how to turn wood on a lathe. The sticks get wider for more productive hours and are narrow for unproductive time. The productive time I was recording soon became the productive task of making the sticks themselves. I ended the project at the point when I became efficient enough to catch up with myself and was turning the 3D stick documenting that very day; I stopped turning when I reached the moment of ‘now’.